Humidifiers: the Unexpected Comfort Provider08/26/2015 Thinking about adding a humidifier to your Scottsboro home when you’re doing what you can to escape the humidity outdoors this summer may seem like the last thing you want to do. However, it’s actually the perfect time to think about how to be sure your indoor air quality is healthy and comfortable when the air starts to get drier this fall and winter. You may not realize it, but how comfortable your indoor air is has a lot to do with your humidity. For instance, when it’s very humid in Scottsboro, you’ll notice more people complaining about how unbearable it is outside. Air that is too dry can also cause problems, like dry skin, a scratchy throat and annoying shocks from static electricity. Dry air can even raise your chances of catching a cold or developing a respiratory illness because it dries out your protective mucous membranes. Dry air can also cause problems your home in addition to your body. You may notice wood floors or furniture splitting or warping. You could also have problems with peeling wallpaper and gaps in your baseboards and other molding. Don’t worry, though, because it’s easy to take control of the humidity in your home with a humidifier. A humidifier has the potential to help you decrease your energy costs in the winter because drier air feels colder and may cause you to bump up your heat. Balanced humidity levels can make your home feel more comfortable at a lower temperature. Adjusting your thermostat even a few degrees can add up to savings on your utility bill. If you though you could only control your indoor air quality with ventilation, air filtration or air purification, now you know how big of a role humidity plays in your home comfort. Call Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. a call at 256-574-1300 to find out which indoor air quality equipment will keep your home as comfortable as possible. If it’s easier, you can even schedule your appointment online.